A lot of people seem to think that switching to more environmentally friendly products is an expensive hassle, but they couldn’t be more wrong. A hybrid car means you pay less in gas money. Solar panels means less electricity use. Energy efficient light bulbs last way, way longer than traditional bulbs. Fruits and veggies are cheaper than processed, sugary, junk food. Walking or riding a bike to work is FREE! You may have to pay more up front for “green” products, but you will definitely save money in the long run.
With more and more people seeing the economic benefits of preserving our environment, green home upgrades are also seeing a boost. While it’s great for your personal benefit, can adding environmentally friendly upgrades actually improve the value of your home? Are buyers interested in them? Will they make you a profit when selling? Check out this article by Dave Hanson at the Dave Hanson Home Team Real Estate Blog for the answer:
A home with green features that fails to excite is unlikely to result in a buyer spending more money to purchase the property. But, if the home is equipped with green features that will save the owner money in the future or in the short term, potential buyers are likely to be more interested.